Statement Regarding Rev. William Stolzman

From Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

In 2008, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis received an allegation that the Rev. William Stolzman sexually abused a minor in the 1970s. Law enforcement investigated and did not refer the case for criminal charges. After an investigation by the Archdiocese, the Clergy Review Board reviewed the case and recommended that Rev. Stolzman remain in ministry. Rev. Stolzman retired in 2008.

The Archdiocese has reopened its investigation of the alleged 1970s abuse. Rev. Stolzman has been placed on a leave of absence and will not exercise priestly ministry during the current investigation.